The Winner Will helps elite student-athletes compete with confidence, perform under pressure
and lead so others will follow in sport, school and life.
Gisele has over 40 years of experience in competitive sport as an elite athlete and coach. As an
athlete, she was very fortunate to have amazing coaches and teammates. Gisele’s athletic
accomplishments in volleyball include:
Two-time CIAU (USports) Champion 1980, 1981
MVP at National Championship in her second year of University
U of Saskatchewan Female Athlete of the Year Award – 1981
Canada West and CIAU All-Star Team Awards
Induction with her teammates into 7 Halls of Fame
NORCECA Champion – Gisele and her teammates from the 1980 Junior National Team
were inducted into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame in 2015.
With a passion for teaching and investing in the lives of others, Gisele pursued a career as a
teacher and spent the first half of her career teaching Physical Education and coaching in
elementary, junior and senior high schools. In 1995, she was awarded an Alberta Teacher
Excellence Award. Throughout her coaching career, Gisele’s teams won countless tournaments
and championships. She was awarded the AB Volleyball 18U Coach of the Year in 2007.
Gisele completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Calgary in Educational Leadership in
1999 and was seconded to Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) where she developed
the Education Centre for clients in drug and alcohol treatment. The latter fourteen years of her
career were spent as a high school Guidance Counselor. Gisele also served on the Critical
Incident Response Team for eight years at the Calgary Board of Education and facilitated
numerous professional development seminars for teachers and school leaders.
Now, retired from the teaching profession, Gisele works as a performance coach. She provides
The Winner Will training for student-athletes to help them overcome physical, mental and
emotional obstacles so that they can radically transform their athletic performance and excel in
all areas of their lives.
Gisele and her husband, Kim, live in Calgary, AB and together they enjoy life with their two
adult daughters, sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren.